ARS Scientist Honored for Research
Leadership By Alfredo Flores February 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
George has received an agency award his research and leadership to further
the agency's mission and the needs of those who benefit from the agency's
research. ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief in-house scientific research agency.
More about research by George's
team in Kerrville:
The blacklegged tick, above,
harbors the microbe that causes Lyme disease. John George and his research team
invented the "four-poster" device, which safely delivers a tick-killing
acaricide to deer, thus thwarting transmission of the Lyme microbe. Below, ARS
employees check a heavily used four-poster in a Maryland suburb.
the images for more information about them.
George, based in Kerrville, Texas., was recognized today as the
agency's "Southern Plains Area Senior Research Scientist of 2004." The area
comprises Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and a research station in
George's research and leadership have greatly contributed to the
development of methods to control blood-feeding flies of cattle. George and
other ARS scientists honored at a ceremony here today at USDA headquarters
received a plaque, cash award and additional research funding.
As director of the
U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville, George is
recognized nationally and internationally for his research. He is an authority
on tick biology, behavioral ecology, diagnosis and mitigation of tick
resistance to acaricides, and strategies for controlling ticks on livestock and
Under his guidance and support, George's scientific team has focused
on providing effective solutions to problems affecting the livestock industry
and public health. George and his team also invented a "four-poster" device
which safely treats deer with an effective blacklegged tick-killing acaricide.
Placed strategically, four-posters can curb the deer that transmit the microbe
that causes Lyme disease.
George earned a B.S. in biology from West Texas University-Canyon in 1957, an M.S.
in zoology from Texas Tech University-Lubbock
in 1960, and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Kansas-Lawrence in 1964. He has
authored or co-authored 99 publications and made numerous presentations at
national or regional scientific meetings.
Prior to joining ARS in 1979, George served on the faculty of the
Institute of International Medicine, University of Maryland School of
Medicine, Lahore, Pakistan, from 1965 to 1967. He then served as an
associate--and later, an assistant--professor at Texas Tech University's
Department of Biological Sciences from 1967 to 1978. From 1978 to 1979, he was
professor and head of the Department of Biological Sciences,